telluric

Pronounced: teh-LOOR-ick, adj

Notes: This is another word that I didn’t know, but after seeing the origin, it made sense


Yesterday’s phrase

The phrase scare quote refers to “the quotation marks around a word or phrase to indicate said phrase is incorrect, nonstandard, or ironic”.

First usage

This word came into English in the 1950s

Background / Comments

Our phrase was coined by a philosopher: G. E. M. Anscombe. For an example of scare quotes, consider the following: My attention kept wanting to wander as Bob shared ‘interesting’ facts from his life. Scare quotes are used in writing; the equivalent of scare quotes in speaking is “air quotes”.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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